TEL AVIV, Israel. — There’s no end in sight to the fighting between Israel and Gaza.
Israel continued to bomb the Gaza Strip with airstrikes today and Palestinian militants fired rockets over the Israeli border. The Israeli military said about 50 rockets were fired into Israel overnight, into coastal communities south of Tel Aviv.
Israeli officials said they are continuing their offensive against the militant group Hamas, and that overnight about 50 Israeli planes bombed Hamas tunnels in Gaza.
Speaking Tuesday following a visit to the Israeli air force base at Hatzerim, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said operations would continue “as necessary to restore peace to the citizens of Israel.”
Referring to Israel’s attacks on Hamas and Islamic Jihad, Netanyahu said: “I have no doubt that we took them back many years.”
“I’m sure all our enemies around see what price we’re charging for the aggression against us, and I’m sure they’ll learn the lesson too,” he added.
Thousands of protesters raised the Palestinian flag and chanted in support of Gaza at a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Some of the protesters burned tires and there were some clashes with Israeli forces near a checkpoint, said Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, president of the Palestinian National Initiative, who attended the demonstration.
The White House said on Tuesday that “quiet, intensive behind-the-scenes discussions are tactically our approach at this time” to ending the conflict. The UN General Assembly will meet tomorrow to discuss the violence.
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